Percocet is an opioid analgesic that is most often prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain stemming from injury, surgery, cancer, or chronic illnesses. The drug’s active ingredient is oxycodone, though it also contains acetaminophen, a pain reliever and fever reducer. While Percocet pills were once only available in a single strength of 5 mg of oxycodone and 325 mg of acetaminophen, it now comes in range of strengths from 2.5 mg to 10 mg tablets.
Symptoms of Percocet Addiction
Addiction is characterized by a chemical dependency. Drugs, including Percocet, act on the chemical dopamine, responsible for a variety of functions, including pleasure, motivation, movement, and overall mental and physical health. By flooding the brain with dopamine, drugs bring on their characteristic high. However, consistent use of drugs forces the brain to adjust by reducing the amount of dopamine it naturally produces without drugs. This forces a user to take drugs not only for the sense of reward, but also to replenish the body’s dopamine.
Some Percocet addiction signs include:
Crushing, chewing, or snorting Percocet (it’s only meant to be swallowed orally); Using Percocet in dangerous situations, like while driving; Using Percocet to relieve stress or cope with emotions’ Taking more Percocet than is prescribed or intended; Troubles with work, family, school, or finances from using Percocet; Promising to quit but failing or finding yourself unable; Denying physical signs of Percocet abuse
Agitation; Fear and anxiety; Watery eyes; Aches and pains in muscles and bones; Abdominal cramps; Nausea and vomiting; Chills
The Effects of Percocet
As with most other opiates, Percocet works directly on the brain to change how your body perceives and reacts to pain. This results in feeling calm, relaxed, and euphoric but can come with some unwanted side effects. Some common side effects of Percocet use include:
The Dangers and Complications of Percocet
Percocet’s high concentration of oxycodone gives it a high addictive potential. Addiction can create a wealth of problems for people, and not just to their physical health. Addiction can take control over your entire life, making you say hurtful things, act out, or behave recklessly.
Percocet can cause some serious side effects. Seek medical attention if you experience:
Percocet can also make you dizzy and uncoordinated, making it dangerous to drive or operate any heavy machinery. Some people are also allergic to Percocet and may suffer an allergic reaction involving rashes, itching, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, or swelling in the tongue, lips, face, or throat.
Percocet addiction can be tough to conquer, but modern medicine can be a big help. Today’s medication can curb cravings, ease withdrawal from Percocet, and facilitate the detox process, particularly with opiate addictions. Most of the medications prescribed for Percocet are known as opioid antagonists, which essentially bind to receptors to prevent opiates from affecting the body. Some of the most popular medications for Percocet addiction treatment include:
This careful dosage of medication is often also followed up with counseling and therapy.
The Road to Recovery
Detox is just part one of your recovery. It is a requirement for and often leads into longer rehabilitation programs, which provide therapy, counseling, and knowledge to support your mental and emotional health and further your long-term sobriety. Detox is the first step to getting on track and setting yourself up for a successful recovery.
Our goal at Georgia Drug Detox is to help you find an inpatient detox center that is right for you. If you have any questions about insurance or the treatment process, please don’t hesitate to contact us. When you’re ready, please call us at (678) 771-6411 to begin your admission process today.